Today in San Francisco, Apple JUST announced this lovely plethora of new gadgets. Here's what you need to know.
This was expected to be the "iPad Mini" event and, well, that's what it was. Here she is:
- It has a 7.9-inch screen compared to the normal iPad's 9.7 inches.
It's very, very thin
- It's got all the other regular iPad features: Like optional LTE and the iSight camera and FaceTime HD for videochatting.
- It costs less than all the other iPads, at $329. Not as cheap as many were hoping, since it's still markedly more expensive than Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD.
The 4th Generation iPad
- It's the same price, $500, which was to be expected.
- But it's early! Apple usually upgrades products on a yearly cycle. Sometimes it takes longer, but it rarely happens faster. This is unprecendented: if you bought a brand new iPad the day it came about a half a year ago, your device is already obsolete. Six month upgrade cycles!
Does that mean this will be outdated in six months but a new slimmer, model? UNCERTAINTY.
There's also a new 13-inch MacBook Pro:
- It's like half the thickness, at 0.75 inches.
- It only weighs a half pound more than the MacBook Air, at just around 3.5 pounds.
- It doesn't have an optical drive, just like the Macbook Air. It also doesn't have a dedicated graphics unit, so most gaming is out.
- But it's got more storage, more processor options, and more ports. You know, "Pro" stuff.
- It's really expensive. It starts at $1700. The old MacBook Pro 13 is sticking around, too, for people who don't want to drop two grand on a homework machine.
Last, and definitely least, is the new Mac Mini
It's a solid machine for the price, but a workhorse in a product lineup full of glamorous SHINY new things. A good media PC, or server.